What are the warning signs that your child might need glasses?
If you found this blog you may already be wondering, “Does my child need glasses?” Some signs are obvious – some are not. So what are the warning signs that your child might need glasses?
Have you noticed them sitting a bit too close to the TV lately? This is a pretty good sign that distance vision might be waning. Have you child sit further back than what they’ve been doing lately and ask questions about what’s on TV. Ask them to describe what they see; avoid questions about color or “Is that a car?” because their vision may still be good enough to see a larger objects and color guessing doesn’t necessarily mean that the vision is starting to go. Also, watch to see if they close one eye to read or see the TV. This is a sign that one eye is stronger than the other and that they need to be checked out.
Notice how they read. Does your child use their finger to follow along on the page? Do they lose their place often? These are signs that close-up vision is starting to go. Following with their finger will help them stay on the line they’re reading when their focus goes in and out. Ask them to remove their finger and try reading. If they miss a beat, ask why. They may just answer right back, “because the lines are fuzzy”.
Also, frequent squinting and eye rubbing are also telling signs of vision loss. If you notice this in low-light situations (not just because of the sun), you may want to get your child looked at. Fatigue is usually an indicator in vision loss.